Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Grand Rapids’s senior population continues to grow (20.26% growth between 2014 and 2019), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Grand Rapids, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 9.5% between 2014 and 2019, showing that Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is higher than the rest of the nation (11.13% in Grand Rapids vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Grand Rapids. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Grand Rapids our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Addington Place at East Paris offers a secure memory care wing for seniors with cognitive impairment disorders. The specially trained caregivers are available 24/7 to assist residents with personal care tasks and medication management. Each resident has a personalized care plan, and caregivers take time to get to know the residents on an individual basis. This allows the seniors to reminisce about happy times in their lives, which can give them a sense of safety and purpose each day. A schedule of activities is created each month in conjunction with the resident and family members. Activities are designed to meet the cognitive and physical abilities of the seniors, and they include residents' interests and hobbies. Seniors in the memory care section are encouraged to socialize with residents who share similar interests. A complete dining program is provided each day.
An online reviewer appreciates the care shown to her mother, saying, "She is in memory care and we have had zero concerns. ... The staff is always upbeat which is nice to see. I would recommend Addington Place at East Paris to anyone looking for a memory care facility for their loved one."
Addington Place of Grand Rapids is a care provider for seniors with memory loss-related conditions. The community offers seniors a variety of activities designed to stimulate their minds and foster meaningful social interactions with their fellow residents. Each room has a cable TV, and residents can relax in their private space or spend time in the common area. Trained staff are available to assist seniors with medication management, and housekeeping services are provided on a daily basis. Residents enjoy three meals a day as well as snacks anytime they like. The community also features an on-site beauty salon and barber shop.
Seniors are cared for by compassionate and enthusiastic staff members. One resident's loved one says, "Addington Place, a wonderful place with amazing people and an answer to so so many prayers! My aunt was there only a short time, but everyone was so welcoming, helpful, kind and willing to do the little things that mean so much."
American House Jenison provides residents with a comfortable and homey atmosphere that features a community dining room, library full of books and a sitting area with large easy chairs. Amenities include an on-site chapel, game room, scheduled outings and restaurant-style dining. Memory care services incorporate the Seven Dimensions of Wellness. This approach emphasizes wellness and skill-building in their physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, social and intellectual components. The plan is personalized for each resident. Memory care residents are also provided with medication management services and added layers of physical security in their living areas.
Residents and their loved ones point out the opportunities for social interaction and diverse array of activities found in this community. They underscore the level of engagement as well. One writes, "We moved into American House. We do morning walks, have crafts and play cards. They have a beauty shop and a shuttle bus. The staff is outstanding."
American House Kentwood provides high-quality memory care services to seniors in Kentwood, Michigan. The friendly, close-knit community of Kentwood helps residents feel safe and at home while receiving the care they need. Each of the skilled clinicians at American House Kentwood is highly trained to assist seniors who are living with dementia. As part of the memory care program, residents have access to 24/7 medical assistance, life enrichment programs and a secure environment that keeps them safe and prevents them from wandering off campus. Seniors can also benefit from personalized care plans that include five daily enrichment opportunities designed to enhance the physical and mental well-being of each resident. Other services and amenities include assistance with dressing and grooming, aromatherapy, chair yoga and restaurant-style dining.
American House Kentwood sets itself apart with its warm, caring staff and wide range of engaging activities. One resident notes, "The staff ... is excellent, caring and compassionate. They treat the residents as if they were family. The rooms are very pleasant, and the activities provided are very enjoyable.”
American House Wyoming welcomes residents into a warm and nurturing environment where seniors can feel connected to their surroundings through its well-thought-out memory care program. Caring supervision of those who suffer from dementia and other memory issues is tailored to individual needs and preferences. Residents have access to specialized therapies and are encouraged to participate in five daily activities, ranging from physical wellness to cognitive enrichment. Help to accomplish everyday tasks, and medical care such as medication monitoring, is available around the clock. The community's layout has a small-town feel that fosters a sense of belonging for both residents and extended family members.
Residents praise the clean and friendly atmosphere, with one relative saying, "This is a lovely facility. Clean and safe with caring staff who are willing to go the extra mile. Great food!" Another reviewer agrees and says, "We like the American House Wyoming. We've heard pretty good things about the staff. My mom-in-law's room is very nice. It is a studio apartment, but it has a full kitchen and a bathroom. Everything is super new and nice in the whole facility."
Azpira Place provides residents with a highly engaging environment and specialty programming that includes "See Spot Retire," a program that helps residents adopt rescue dogs, and "Good Vibrations," a community drumming circle. The memory care program uses the Knew Day approach, which is highly individualized to each resident. The program reinforces existing skills and helps residents to cultivate new coping mechanisms. Memory care residents are also encouraged to join in group activities, including cooking, baking and group fitness.
Azpira Place is noted for its commitment to memory care services, the high quality of care provided and the scope of activities in which residents can engage. One reviewer writes, "Azpira Place of Breton has been great. My mom has moved into their memory care. It's more intimate... The staff is wonderful, especially the director of the memory care program."
Boulder Creek Assisted Living offers its Moments memory care program to provide individualized services for residents living with Alzheimer's and dementia-related illnesses. Taking both physical and emotional needs into consideration, the staff members assist residents 24/7 with all daily living activities and medication management services. Daily menu items are prepared with a seasonal, regional flair and served in the communal dining room. Socialization activities, such as board games, pet therapy sessions and arts and crafts sessions, start in the morning and continue until late afternoon to give seniors ample opportunity to engage with other community members. Housekeeping and laundry services are provided, and religious services are held on-site regularly.
Visitors give this community five enthusiastic stars. One says, "Boulder Creek Assisted Living is a beautiful community with a caring team. The staff always goes above and beyond to care for the residents. It is a warm, inviting and a home-like environment. You will always be greeted with a smile!"
Care Cardinal Belmont provides senior memory care services within a close-knit, homelike atmosphere. All residents participate in the community's on-site Dementia By Day program, which features programs and activities that engage residents with mild, moderate or severe memory impairment levels. Staff members provide 24/7 assistance with all aspects of daily living, including bathing and medication management. The secured community serves three home-cooked meals per day and takes seniors out on day trips often using its wheelchair-accessible bus. Companion suites are available for residents wishing to live with others, and private rooms are also offered for residents seeking to live in solitude.
Visitors are impressed with the beauty of the community and the staff members at Care Cardinal Belmont. One says, "Incredible facility with amazing staff who love and care about the residents like family."
Clark Retirement at Franklin is a senior living community nestled between lakes east of Grand Rapids. It is conveniently located next to the Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital. The community's secure memory care neighborhood is filled with memory cues and has a number of common areas, including recreation rooms and sitting areas. Clark Retirement follows a Montessori memory care program that promotes independence and dignity in seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia through meaningful routines and activities suited to their needs and interests. A music therapy program engages residents to help slow down the cognitive decline process. A team of skilled staff is available 24/7 to provide care, as well as housekeeping and laundry. Residents can enjoy three homemade meals a day prepared by the on-site culinary team.
Family members praise the attentive staff and great range of activities, with one reviewer saying, "Residents and staff are friendly, kind and warm. My parents are so busy with activities, I have to make an appointment to see them. It gives me great peace of mind to know that whatever their needs are, Clark will be there to provide for them."
Clark Retirement at Keller Lake is situated in a natural setting that encourages residents to spend time outdoors on one of the many walking trails that encircle the lake. On-site amenities include a wellness center, bistro, communal piazza, concierge services, community garden and pet-friendly exterior spaces. Memory care services are delivered through the Montessori for Aging and Dementia program, which is led by practitioners who are certified in memory care. The community offers individual and group activities to reinforce life skills, scheduled outings to restaurants and cultural destinations, and a policy of offering gentle reminders to residents as needed.
Reviews of this community center on the range of amenities and personalized care provided to residents by the staff. They also underscore the breadth of services offered, with one reviewer writing, "I consider Clark on Keller Lake the best... in the Grand Rapids area. I have family and friends in other facilities. Nothing matches Clark."
Georgetown and Cambridge Manor is located next to scenic Rush Creek and close to local shops and restaurants. The community is close to Georgetown Medical Center, with larger hospitals nearby in Grand Rapids and Wyoming. Residents with Alzheimer's and dementia receive personalized care and ongoing assessment of their needs in the memory care neighborhood. The trained staff, who are available 24/7, offer assistance with daily living tasks, medication management and housekeeping. The community's life enrichment program is designed to enhance the physical and mental well-being of residents. Activities include balloon volleyball, baking and bingo. The in-house culinary team prepares three nutritious meals and a variety of snacks daily that residents can enjoy together in the dining room.
Family members are impressed by the great amenities and value for money, with one reviewer saying, "We were very pleased with Georgetown and Cambridge Manor. They had all the amenities my mother would need, and the room sizes and services offered are similar to her current community, except that the price is not as costly."
Grand Brook Memory Care of Grand Rapids cares exclusively for people with dementia. This shows through its wide hallways in the community and residential areas with themed decor to help develop familiarity. Grand Brook treats seniors on a personal level. The staff welcomes input from close family on each resident's history, life, and achievements to get to know who they are as a person and develop a unique care plan for their needs. Care plans include daily social engagement and physical exercise, and residents have access to holistic programs that use touch, music and dance. The community is secured and monitored for the safety of residents. Specially trained staff are on hand 24/7 to provide any assistance needed.
People are impressed with the care at Grand Brook Memory Care. One reviewer writes, "The staff at Grand Brook is second to none, they are the most kind, loving accommodating group of people I have ever met, they listen to our every need and they truly love their job! It does my heart so good to know that she is loved and taken care of just like we as her family would. The facility is absolutely beautiful as well, clean, bright, cheery and cozy!!"
Provision Living at Forest Hills is located between parks and country clubs, east of Grand Rapids. There are a variety of medical centers in the local area, including Metro Health Park East. Residents can also enjoy some great on-site amenities, including a variety of themed sensory rooms to stimulate residents, including outdoor walking paths. The community offers a personalized memory care program for residents with Alzheimer's and dementia. There is a team of skilled staff that provides a person-centered approach to memory care, with each residents' individual needs and personal interests taken into account. Provision Living invests in advanced technology to help enhance the lives of residents and ensure optimum security. Residents can take part in a range of daily activities, such as playing the piano and arts and crafts.
Family members praise the on-site amenities, with one reviewer saying, "Provision Living is a brand new facility in Forest Hills and is top notch in care, cleanliness, food and amenities. The residents rooms are nicely equipped and the bathrooms are large and barrier free! The staff has been very attentive and listen to family members and residents. The chef is outstanding."
Part of a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company, Railside Assisted Living provides a secure environment for residents living with memory-related impairment issues. Trained staff members assist residents with grooming, bathing, dressing, medication management and toileting. Eating assistance during meals is also offered, and housekeeping and laundry services are performed regularly. Residents enjoy three freshly prepared meals per day, and snacks and beverages are available at all times. The on-site RNs perform monthly wellness checks on all residents as well. The monthly calendar is full of group activities and exercise classes, religious services, parties, crafts and offsite events that allow residents to remain as active and engaged with other community members as possible. Pets are welcome to live with their resident owners here.
Family members say that this community is wonderful. One states, "My grandmother was there for a couple of years and it was the best place for her. She loved it and I loved that she did. We were afraid at first but once we met the staff they were great. They took real good care of my grandmother and I couldn't ask for more!"
Rivertown Ridge provides senior memory care services that promote each resident's independence while ensuring they have 24/7 assistance with their daily living needs. Residents live within private or shared living quarters designed especially for those with memory impairment. All staff members receive specialized training in dementia care, allowing them to provide customized supervision, administration and medication management for each resident. The community's resort-style amenities include resident access to arts and crafts, an entertainment room, an exercise room with group fitness classes, and outdoor garden areas and walking paths. Residents can choose to enjoy their daily meals in the more formal full-service dining room or the more casual on-site bistro.
Family members praise this community. One says, "I would give them a five for the way they got back to me, the interaction with me, and the accommodation of my brother coming in from New Jersey. Everyone on the staff is very gracious, accommodating, and when I first went in there and went to the reception desk, at least five different people introduced themselves to me. It was a different experience than what I had in other places."
Sheldon Meadows Assisted Living Center provides customized senior care services within a secure, compassionate community. Trained staff members look for signs of confusion, pain, missed meals, abnormal changes in routine and inattentiveness to personal hygiene to ensure that each resident living with Alzheimer's or dementia receives immediate medical care. Residents also receive help with all aspects of daily living, including toileting, grooming, bathing and dressing. Housekeeping and laundry services are performed regularly by staff members, and enjoyable leisure activities that seek to enhance each resident's happiness and self-esteem are on the community schedule daily. Complex medication administration and medical testing are also performed on-site.
Family members say that this community takes excellent care of their loved ones. One states, "She was cared for and loved by many of the staff. There is no place like home, but when you are faced with... dementia, there are sometimes no other options. My grandma loved the food and the staff the most."
StoryPoint Rockford is a senior care memory service provider that seeks to ensure each resident's optimal comfort and dignity levels throughout all of its individualized care plans. Seniors receive 24/7 help with all facets of daily living, dining, wellness support and specialized programming. Three chef-prepared meals are served each day, and laundry, linen and housekeeping services are performed often for residents. An on-site activity room, business center and library/media room keep seniors connected to the world around them, and the massage room and beauty salon help keep residents looking and feeling their best without having to leave the community. Off-site trips are scheduled regularly to local shopping venues and live performances.
Family members are pleased with this community. One says, "The staff is extremely caring, especially the memory care unit. They treat your loved one exactly the way you want them treated, as an intelligent adult family member. The grounds are neat and cared for. The courtyard is amazing with its fountain. When the plants mature it will be breathtaking. My aunt couldn't wait to have coffee with her friends out there."
Sunrise of Cascade is dedicated to preserving the independence and happiness of seniors. Its inviting community is enhanced by landscaped walking trails and a cozy garden gazebo, and the thoughtfully designed campus, built on one-level, eliminates stairs and elevators, which makes it easy to navigate and improves personal safety. Additional amenities, such as a salon, barbershop and spa, let residents relax and enjoy pampering. Caregivers are available around the clock to assist seniors with activities of daily living, and each staff member has professional training in supporting individuals with cognitive issues. Residents receive home-cooked meals three times a day, and a signature dining program helps seniors maintain a healthy nutritional intake. Fun events, such as themed parties and group games, take place daily to ensure residents receive regular social and mental stimulation.
Sunrise of Cascade is highly regarded for its plentiful amenities and robust dining program. A resident's son relays, "They have everything for the residents, like a library, lounges, and plenty of activities. The food is very good." Visitors are equally impressed. One comments, "I liked the private rooms and where they eat. I'm quite pleased with the whole place."
Vista Springs is located close to local amenities in Northview, 6 miles north of Grand Rapids. The community's amenities include a spa and an outdoor patio and courtyard. A 24-hour security system ensures resident safety, and staff are available 24/7 to assist residents. Separate buildings for early memory care and advanced dementia care help residents to receive personalized care that fits their needs and interests. The memory care program includes activities designed to encourage independence and promote optimal body and mind well-being. Residents also enjoy regular live entertainment, and they're encouraged to bring their furry friends to the pet-friendly community.
Family members praise the beautiful rooms and great food, with one reviewer saying, "It was very nice, and they were very helpful. They were there to support skilled nursing, and he had physical therapy from an outside agency. His room was very nice, and the food was wonderful."
Waterford Place is a memory care community in the Grand Rapids area that accepts residents along the spectrum of cognitive decline, from mild dementia to severe Alzheimer's. Activities tailored to increase socialization and improve memory are led by specially trained memory care staff, and nursing staff assist with personal care and medications. A unique program named SAIDO uses mathematics, writing and reading exercises to improve cognitive ability, decision-making and recall. Personalized daily calendars guide residents' days and help remind them to participate. Friend and family visits, along with TV, Wi-Fi and telephones help form a bridge to the world outside to alleviate boredom and isolation. Three nutritious meals are served every day in a group setting that promotes community, and emotional issues such as depression are managed by counselors with memory care backgrounds. Calming grounds and a courtyard encourage residents to interact with the outdoors in a secured setting.
Waterford Place stands out in residents' and their family's minds as a place different from the rest due to its tranquil, personalized environment. One visitor to the community says, "There is a closeness here that I didn't feel at other retirement homes. I can't explain it, but I know it's here. If you ever visit Waterford Place, you will feel it, too."